Auckland Wine Region

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city, with a population of 1.5 million people. Its sub-tropical climate, sheltered harbours, islands, volcanic cones, international airport and big city feel all make it a great place to visit.
Auckland wine region is a large and diverse region, with around 100 vineyards and wineries. Auckland’s soils are mainly shallow clays over hard silty-clay sub soils or sandy loams. Vineyards are mostly planted in pockets of flat land on the drier east coast or in the shelter of Waitakere ranges.
The region is home to some of New Zealand’s oldest established vineyards and is best known for its Bordeaux style wines – mouth-filling Cabernet Sauvignons and complex Chardonnays. You will need a car and at least three days to explore the wineries of Auckland.
Auckland’s most northern wineries are located on the east coast around the towns of Warkworth and Matakana, roughly one hour’s drive north of Auckland. The region has earned an enviable reputation for producing Cabernet Sauvignon and has since experienced a very rapid growth in both red and white wine production.
West of Auckland City is the traditional winemaking districts of Henderson, Kumeu and Huapai. Scenic and sunny, it is a fashionable place to visit. It offers a relaxed lifestyle, some very good restaurants and some of Auckland’s best and newest wineries, all specializing in Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay based wines. Kumeu is a 16 kilometre drive to the northwest of central Auckland, and is characterised by vineyards and wineries, horticulture, pastoral farming and lifestyle blocks.
A half an hour drive south of Auckland City is Clevedon, Auckland’s most recent premium wine district, where you will find small pockets of grape vines planted in rolling farmlands.
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Auckland Vineyards and Wineries

The Hunting Lodge Winery

With the history of The Hunting Lodge going back to 1868, almost everyone has a story to tell from over the years. The Current owners’ story goes back to the 1970’s, seeing their children grow up amongst the vines. They’re proud to be able to share this beautiful site with you and let the stories…

Mercury Bay Estate

Mercury Bay Estate Winery and Restaurant is located at Cooks Beach in the Coromandel. Planted in the late 1990’s meaning the average vine age is around 20 years which provides our estate grown wines with real depth and intensity. The vineyard of 3 hectares is planted exclusively with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with the latter…

Kiwi Estate Winery

A boutique winery based in Kumeu, New Zealand, Kiwi Estate Winery produces quality fruit wines. The fertile soils of the Kumeu district bear export quality produce, including feijoa, berry fruit, wine grapes and citrus. Maori, the first inhabitants of New Zealand, were aware of this early on. Huapai, a neighbouring district, translates from the Maori…

Puriri Hills

Puriri Hills makes blended red wines inspired by the wines of Pomerol and St Emilion in Bordeaux. The site has a micro-climate and soil profile similar to that of nearby Waiheke Island, which already has a reputation for producing excellent red wines. Merlot, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon have been planted. The newer cabernet sauvignon…

Providence Wines

Providence is located in the rolling hills of the Matakana region, 60 kilometres north of Auckland. The vineyard is situated between the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Rodney Ranges (standing at over 400 metres) 2 kilometres to the west. Due to these features, the area enjoys a microclimate, noted for low rainfall and…

Ransom Wines

Ransom Wines is located off State Highway 1 Warkworth, roughly a 90 minute drive north of Auckland City. It is the first winery on the Matakana wine trail, visitors can enjoy wine tasting, cellar door sales and platters while overlooking the vineyard. The winery has built a solid reputation for its Bordeaux style reds and…

Takatu Vineyard

Takatu Vineyard is situated on a warm north facing hillside above Matakana Village. It has the ideal aspect as it is sheltered from the prevailing cool south-westerly winds and the summer heat is moderated by a gently sea breeze from the nearby Pacific Ocean. A comprehensive search was carried out to find the best combination…

The Antipodean

Fine “old world” wine of first growth quality from a single vineyard planted in the 1970s at Matakana, Northland, New Zealand. The Antipodean — “New Zealand’s Lafite” — is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and malbec, with harmony, fragrance, length and seamless integration of character. Hailed as “New Zealand’s Lafite” [French Count Jean De…

Twin Totara Wines

The new buds are starting to appear in the vineyard. Here we go again! The new Chardonnay plants are growing well and this might be the first season that we pick anything from them which is exciting. Spring in Auckland is not very predictable, but we have come off a relatively warm winter. So hopefully…

Villa Maria Estate

Villa Maria Estate is one of New Zealand’s largest and most celebrated family owned wineries. Owned by George Fistonich’s and based in Auckland, Villa Maria Estate boasts two ‘state of the art’ wineries. The largest is Villa Maria’s new Auckland winery and Vineyard Park, which was officially opened in February 2005. It replaced Villa Maria’s…

Soljans Winery

Few wineries in New Zealand can claim such a proud winemaking history as Soljans Estate Winery. Bartul Soljan planted the first Soljan vineyard in New Zealand in 1932 leaving a legacy that has been carried on by his son Frank and then grandson and current owner, Tony Soljan. Today, Soljans represents three generations of winemaking…

Rongopai Wines

The Rongopai story is one of passion, innovation and excellence. It is a story that reflects the vibrant colours of the New Zealand landscape, a story that is enhanced by a flavoursome past. The brand proudly displays our Koru, which is often used in Maori art as a symbol of creation. This is based on…

Runner Duck Estate

Runner Duck Estate is a 3 hectare boutique vineyard located near Warkworth, a town that pays homage to the duck. It was planted in 2003 and comprises about 1.5 hectares of Syrah, with the remainder being in Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot allowing Runner Duck Estate to begin producing a pure Bordeaux varietal…

Mount Tamahunga Vineyard

Formally known as “The Antipodean” it was purchased by the Whitmore Family in 2004 and the property was rebranded as “Mount Tamahunga Vineyard” in 2007. 2007 also saw Sam and the Whitmore family take over full responsibility for both the running of the vineyard and the winemaking. Mount Tamahunga is a local landmark, being the…

Nobilo

It all began in 1943, when Nikola Nobilo, having arrived in New Zealand from Croatia, planted his first vines and began to turn a dream into reality. Combining over 300 years of family winemaking tradition with innovative approaches to winemaking and viticulture, Nikola was an early champion of premium New Zealand varietals. Today, winemaker David…

Odyssey Wines

Odyssey Wines is owned by Rebecca Salmond. Rebecca’s voyage into winemaking began at Massey University in New Zealand and Adelaide University’s Roseworthy College in Australia, where she graduated with a degree in Biotechnology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Winemaking Science. She then travelled and worked in some of the world’s finest wine and culinary…

Omaha Bay Vineyard

Omaha Bay Vineyard is the vision of Hegman and Bev Foster, a family owned boutique Vineyard and Winery, located in the Matakana wine region, one hour north of Auckland City, overlooking Omaha Bay and Little Barrier Island. Little Barrier Island is one of New Zealand’s most valuable nature reserves. Its Maori name Hauturu means ‘resting…

Matakana Estate

New Zealand is world renowned for its beautiful, unspoilt landscape and clean, natural environment. A country where quality is revered over quantity, and where people expect, demand – and get – the very best from their food and wine producers. This small, isolated nation enjoys an enviable combination of abundant sunshine, clean rainwater, diverse terrains…

Matavino

Matavino is nestled on gentle north facing slopes, in the famous Matakana Wine region – just east of Warkworth, and less than an hour north of Auckland, NZ. The combination of Matakana’s temperate maritime climate, combined with the local rich clay and limestone soil makes for a great environment to grow Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, plus…

Matua Wines

It’s hard to separate New Zealand and Sauvignon Blanc these days, but we were the first to put them together, planting the first Sauvignon Blanc in 1969 and producing our first bottle in 1974. In the next few years, winemakers Ross and Bill Spence quickly gained a reputation for innovative, award-winning New Zealand wines –…

Mazurans

The moment you arrive at Mazuran’s you realise you have come to a very special place. On one side of the intimate cellar door there are well-ordered shelves of sherry and port, while the other is filled with pictures and memorabilia sharing the lives of the Mazuran family, which has been making fortified wines in…

Kerr Farm Vineyard

Kerr Farm Vineyard is one of the closest Vineyards to Auckland. We produce boutique, estate grown wines; Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon. We are proud that our Sauvignon Blanc is one of the very few grown in Auckland, and like our other estate grown wines is crafted by our winemaker to enhance the unique…

Kim Crawford Wines

Kim Crawford Wines is the personal vehicle of Kim Crawford, one of New Zealand’s top wine makers. Kim Crawford became involved in wine and wine making while completing a BSc in microbiology and botany at Massey University. ‘It was a revolutionary time for New Zealand winemaking. New varieties – Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Chardonnay –…

Kumeu River Wines

Kumeu River, our story of how the Brajkovich family came to New Zealand; brought wine making knowledge with them from Croatia to their new adopted home; and went on to be a founding family of the New Zealand wine industry. Just as the Brajkovich family has grown, so too has the winery itself. Extensions and…

Landmark Estate

One of New Zealand’s early wineries, Landmark Estate was founded in 1937 by Steve Vitasovich, an immigrant from Croatia, who arrived in Auckland late in the 1920s. On his arrival in New Zealand, Steve headed to the far north of the North Island. There he worked hard in the gumfields for about 10 years, he…

Lincoln Wines

Lincoln wines has been a strong producer of premium wine in the New Zealand market for nearly 70 years. Coming from a background of locally grown fruit, traditional winemaking, and good market share, Lincoln has become specialised in what it does best and become a boutique producer of premium varietals sold around the world. Lincoln…

Mahurangi River

In a world of sameness we remain individual. Our wine is handmade and hand crafted with passion, right here onsite, in one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed wine growing regions. We make all our wine using a combination of the best of both traditional and new world techniques, capturing the very soul and seasons of…

Herons Flight

Grapes were first planted at Heron’s Flight Vineyard in 1987, by David Hoskins – a chemist and philosopher turned winemaker, and Mary Evans – a scholar and teacher with a love of history, art and literature. Heron’s Flight follows sustainable ecological principles, and these are incorporated into every aspect of its operations including water conservation,…

Hinchco Family Vineyard

Hinchco is a very small Matakana vineyard that grows only Merlot grapes. Michael Hinchco says that their medal-winning 2002 vintage exemplified the big, plummy style that he and his wife Andrea aim for.

Hitchen Road Vineyard

Hitchen Road Vineyard is a 5 acre vineyard on very favourable north facing slopes above the Pokeno Village, just south of the Bombay Hills. It is part of a 100 acre pastoral farm and has a beautiful view over the North Waikato. All the wines are hand crafted here from grapes that are grown on…

Hyperion Wines

Hyperion in Greek mythology was the Sun God, hence the effect of sun and light on the vineyard. Hyperion Wines is a genuine boutique vineyard and winery producing traditionally crafted wines exclusively from the Matakana winegrowing region, just an hour north of Auckland New Zealand. The tiny home vineyard is planted in classic grape varieties…

Gillman Vineyard

Gillman Vineyard make one of New Zealand’s best red wines. A blend of cabernet franc, merlot and malbec, our wine is produced by hand using old world methods. Winemaker Toby Gillman discovered his passion for wine many years ago as a student, while pitching in voluntarily at a vineyard. In fact, he spent his first…

Hawks Nest

Surrounded by a picturesque and productive orchard on the fertile terroir of Matakana, the low cropping vines of Hawks Nest provide the ideal basis for the creation off high quality, limited quantity unique red wines.

Coopers Creek

Coopers Creek Vineyard is located in Kumeu, only a short 30 minute drive North West of Auckland city. It produces a wide range of wines and styles, including its premium Swamp Reserve Chardonnay. The winery has built its reputation on Chardonnay, and also makes a very respectable Riesling. The winery welcomes visitors and has well…

Coxhead Creek

Coxhead Creek vineyard is located on elevated slopes above the Matakana Coast, one hour north of Auckland. The vineyard enjoys free-draining soils and a climate likened to bordeaux. For owner Michael Lorimer, the tiny 5 acre vineyard is an acknowledged labour of love, with most of his free time employed tending the vineyard, which is…

Delegat Wine Estate

Delegat’s Wine Estate is one of New Zealand’s largest family owned and family managed winemakers, founded by Nikola and Vidosava Delegat in 1947 after emigrating in the late 1930s from what is modern day Croatia. The original vineyard and winery was established in 1947 at Henderson, west of Auckland City. The grapes have long disappeared…

Brick Bay Wines

Brick Bay Vineyard is located in the Matakana wine-growing district, an hour’s drive north of Auckland. Brick Bay takes it name for the bay on which it is located – an attractive small bay overlooking Kawau Island. Brick Bay is a Pinot Gris specialist. Wine writer Michael Cooper described it , in his Buyer’s Guide…

Awa Valley

Situated in the Awa Valley in Kumeu, west of Auckland the vineyard enjoys a unique climate, with a lower than average rainfall and a mean temperature range of 10°. The site offers ideal conditions especially for Merlot and Chardonnay grapes. The winemaker is Shayne Cox who is producing some exciting wines using traditional French methods.…

Awhitu Wines

Awhitu Wines is a small 1 hectare vineyard on the Awhitu peninsula on Auckland’s west coast. The vines produce a small crop of high-quality grapes from which contract winemaker Shayne Cox produces Awhitu Peninsula Chardonnay and Awhitu Greenock Syrah at his Corazon winery in Henderson. The style is described as traditional French, with light oaking…

Babich Wines

Babich Wines have been proud producers of fine New Zealand wines since 1916, when Croatian immigrant Josip Babich produced his first vintage. 100 years on, their family business has three generations of winemaking experience behind it, vineyards in New Zealand’s finest wine regions, and a passion for winemaking as a way of life. Babich Wines…

Amber Hills Wines

Amber Hills Wines are 100% pure New Zealand wines. Our grapes are selected from New Zealand’s finest growing regions. We believe that each variety of grape is best grown in the regions where they perform best, and this is why our Sauvignon Blanc comes from Marlborough, our Chardonnay from Gisborne, our Pinot Noir from Central…

Karaka Point Vineyard

When Mik Martin planted the vines at Karaka Point Vineyard he thought of his Australian homeland, long, hot dry summers and flavoursome Shiraz to warm the soul. Mik picked his region well, as Auckland is one of the few regions in New Zealand that will consistently ripen good Shiraz. Mik and wife Anne’s travels through…

Artisan Wines

At Artisan, just outside New Zealand’s largest city, you will find award winning New Zealand wines, a beautiful vineyard restaurant and wine tastings. Come and enjoy our excellent wine and food in the tranquil beauty of Oratia Valley and taste award-winning Auckland wines in the boutique winery. Our commitment to the environment has been recognised…

Ascension Wine Estate

Ascension Vineyard is owned and operated by Darryl and Bridget Soljan. Generations of the Soljan family have been making wine in New Zealand since the 1930s, and in the words of Darryl and Bridget life is too short to drink boring wine. Ascension vineyard was planted in the mid 1990s, and is situated on a…

Arahura Vineyard

Ken Mason and his wife Diane planted their first vines in 1991 in Clevedon, South Auckland. Originally they planted Cabernet Sauvignon, but now they have grafted Malbec and Cabernet Franc onto their vines. Arahura Vineyard produces no white wines but their Malbec is well regarded.